This is part 2 of how to get published on a wedding blog. You can read part 1 here. I’m continuing my numbering from the first part.

So I’m back today with the last few thoughts about how to get published on a wedding blog. In the time since posting the first blog and this one I’ve been prepping two weddings to be submitted. It’s still a major amount of work, which leads me to my next point.

5. Make blogging and submitting a part of your wedding workflow. For a lot of photographers reading this, they’ll be like, “Uh, DUH.” but I wasn’t doing that at all, partly because my shooting schedule was so heavy and partly out of a sense of anxiety and fear. Blogging for my website can very tedious and mundance when it comes to SEO work, and tagging, and all the prep that goes into it, not to mention feeling like stomping around like a toddler when my images upload in reverse order and in a different size. It’s probably just a matter of clicking a different box. But that’s a different story. The point is that I’ve been working to make it part of my wedding workflow: booking, planning, shooting, culling, editing, delivery, re-culling for submission, then re-culling for my blog (two different methods) and then actually blogging, and finally submitting. Just typing that was exhausting. But I think that in the long run, I’ll be glad I’ve made changes to my work flow.6. Details are KEY. And this is where it get really hard for a lot of reasons. Editors love details. I got a rejection last week from an editor who said, I love your work, and I want you to submit again, but I’m rejecting this submission because I was hoping for more unexpected details”. Now, normally, I would follow up with, “What’s unexpected to you?” but I can’t because i’m working through two bright lights and they don’t have a place for that, and the editor wouldn’t respond anyway because the blog was a pretty popular one. But there’s the thing: My clients come to me because I’m for and specializing in capturing people and joy. Details are important to my clients. They put a lot of work into them, but at the end of the day, they commission me to photograph their wedding because of other reasons. But at the same time, I’ve learned that when it comes to details, styling, cohesiveness with my personal wedding day work flow, and variety are key. My second and I work hard to photograph details in a natural and authentic way that the bride will love, then for ourselves and the editors. I’ve had to put in long hours of work on this, and it’s been paying off. So if you take away anything from this short series, it’s basically this: up your detail game. If you don’t have a lot of details, photograph them in a way that really shows them off in situ, and then in an editorial style that editors will love and are easily converted into instagram, facebook, and pinterest posts.

Un-DIYing your wedding

I’m saving my last two points for part three, about culling for publishing, and writing and intro, which will be out in a week! But be on the lookout for more fun blogs over the next few days!

If you have more questions on how to get published on a wedding blog, I’d love to answer them. email me at charity@onecrazylove.com

 

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I love intimate weddings. But this intimate Tucker House wedding in Raleigh, was everything. Sara and Jake not only have a beautiful relationship, but they have talent in spades. And when it came to their wedding they knew exactly what they wanted. The Tucker House in downtown Raleigh provided a beautiful space that was full of architectural detail that was it’s own decoration. They wanted to celebrate their personal history, and do with close family and friends, and do it their way. And that’s exactly what they did.

Since Sara is an artist, she created a series of terrariums that chronicled their history together for the occasion. BUt these weren’t just any terrariums. They were hand made down to the very last inch. Sara hand painted these tiny people to look just like her, Jake, their son, and family members. She created scenes from their life: bike rides, canoes, the moment they said “I love you” for the first time, the moment Jake proposed, when they finished renovating their house. But what took the cake is the last one, the two of them when they were old, sitting a bench together.

I kid you not, people, I was overwhelmed with it. The artistry, the sentiment. I told Jake that I felt verklempt. I literally couldn’t stop looking at them.  I just loved every last one of them. It’s hands down the most amazing DIY aspect of wedding planning and design.

The other thing I loved was that at the end of their wedding ceremony, rather than have a recessional back down the aisle, Sara and Jake invited their guests into house behind them. The recessional became a receiving line. It was great! They were able to greet every single person there. I was able to make some beautiful photographs of them with their guests. It was a truly unique touch, one that I would love to photograph again.

In the end, and intimate wedding is such a beautiful thing! And this intimate Tucker House wedding proves that you don’t need a lot to have a beautiful wedding. Sara and Jake were really dialed into what’s important to them, and they focused their energy on those things.

For all of you brides out there planning weddings, don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by planning. Focus on marrying the person you want to be in your marriage. Invest your energy into plans and things that make your happy and help you to look forward with hope and excitement to your day. Enjoy your planning.







Venue: The Tucker House

Photography: One Crazy Love

Caterer: Cannon Catering

Wedding Bands: Amazon.com

Bridesmaids fashion: David’s bridal.

Grooms fashion: Men’s warehouse

Cake: Sugarland Bakery, Cameron Village, Raleigh

Cake topper: Pink Owl Gifts

Hair and Make up: Estee Salon, Raleigh

Flowers: NC State Farmers Market

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I’m by NO MEANS an expert on how to be published on a wedding blog. But I’m learning a TON and it’s starting to pay off. So today I’m sharing 5 things and tomorrow I’ll share another 5 things I’ve found valuable for me as a seek to be published on a blog.

Before I get into the list though, I want to say one thing. And that is that I’m rejected far more than I’ve been accepted. But I’ve learned not to give up. If a wedding gets rejected from my first choice I wait a day or two, and submit again to my next choice. There’s literally a blog for almost every wedding. The thing that keeps me going is reminding myself that my couples have worked hard to make their weddings happen, and so did their other vendors. A feature is a very affirming thing at the very least.

The 5 things below are just things that have helped me approach how and why I want to publish. I put a lot of effort into my submissions because I have to. It’s not something that comes naturally to me, and I want to do it well. It’s hard work.

So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been learning about how to be published on a wedding blog.

  1. I have to play the long game when it comes to getting featured on a wedding blog. That means that publishing has to take me somewhere. I can’t just throw images at major publications and expect results. Instead, I have to look at how I want publishing to work for ME. So for me, it’s 3 steps: Leveraging the SEO power of a feature on a blog with a higher google ranking than me. Next, to build a sizable enough portfolio so that I can take those things and use them to get into bigger publications like Style Me Pretty or Martha Steward Weddings, and finally to gain clients I love to work with 100% of the time.
  2. When first started looking into publishing, I literally had a rejection rate of 100% for several months. I was approaching blogs on my own, with images that weren’t very well curated, or well thought through, and I would be instantly rejected. So while I learned to curate, and style my submissions and their presentations, I looked for blogs that were just starting out. I combed through my photography facebook pages, googled new blogs, and so on, looking for places that people had been published on and seemed like hadn’t been around for very long yet. And I submitted to blogs that seemed to have a more liberal acceptance policy. This gave me the confidence and skill to try again with other blogs and to change up how I assembled submissions.Be strategic. Putting together a submission takes a TON of work. I had a submission be accepted this week, and it took me over 8 hours to prepare from culling to doing some extra editing, to crafting an intro note. It takes time to do well. But before you start all that, look around at the blogs you think the wedding would look great on. THink about it the style matches similar styles on the blog already. Are you a comparable skill level and editing style? Do you have a gut feeling this would go well if you submitted? GO. FOR. IT. The worst that can happen is that they say you’re not a fit. And it’s ok. We can’t be all things to all blogs.
  3. Make it easy on yourself. Two Bright Lights has made it easy for me to submit. I used to resist it. I literally thought it was a waste of time and money to use it when I could approach blogs on my own. But in reality I was wasting my time by not using it. I can load my images, add the vendors, then look through the blogs on the list after I click on that exciting submit button. I can open another browser to see which blogs would be a good fit for which weddings. It’s so much faster for me, which in turn has allowed me to publish more. It was money well spent, and I wish I hadn’t been so resistant to it before.
  4. Think editorially. And ya’ll, this is one of the hardest things for me. I don’t photography editorially naturally. I’m very documentary in my approach, and I’m looking for emotion and connection between the people I photograph. I photograph rings and shoes and flowers and so on, but I’ve had to learn to do it in a very natural, narrative style that matches the flow of the day. That’s the style I’m evolving in my work, and one that I have in the back of my mind as I work. I take inspiration from details I see in magazine, and art, and occasionally the blogs that are my long term goals. I’m learning to style details in a natural and authentic way. It’s ridiculously hard, but it’s so worth it. Some people are naturals at this, and I am not. I’m very minimal, and people focused and I’ve had to learn to take time with details if I want to be published. And find blogs that love details but also the natural connection and emotion I bring out in my images. But a few key things I’ve learned: Moving stuff is ok. If I hate a lamp, move the lamp! Ask bridal party if you can move bags into the bathroom and do a general pick up before dressing so I can have a clean area is totally fine. Anything I need to do to get a beautiful image is going to be ok with my brides and ultimately benefit my publishing goals. 

There have been a few resources I’ve gleaned that have helped me frame my approach: This Article was helpful.   So was this one.  And I loved this video. It helped me realize I need to take 2 steps back so that move three forward. Definitely worth a watch!

Phew. I’ve written a lot about how to be published on a wedding blog, and I still have a few more thoughts which I’ll blog this weekend or Monday. Until then, Happy Photographing, Curating and Submitting!

Charity

 

 

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When I first chatted with Janie about these Howard House wedding photos, I was really excited. Janie has a beautiful sense of classic, elegant style and she had a particular vision for her wedding. She enlisted Dara, or Dare to be different events to execute that style. When Janie and Alex’s wedding day arrived, it was a beautiful, sunny cool day. Spirits were high, and anticipation was palpable. Janie was calm, collected and beautiful, and Alex and the groomsmen were busy setting up chairs, running errands, enjoying the day. Dara,  was setting up a glorious set of table scapes in the event tent next door.

As the day progressed, it got better and better. Their ceremony was beautiful, everything went off without a hitch. You can’t ask for a more beautiful day than a Howard House wedding. Lauren commented several times on how wonderful everyone was.

Photographers, if you ever have the opportunity to make Howard House Wedding photos, you’ll be a happy camper.

Brides, the Howard House has tons of space. Some old houses are small and a little cramped. But the Howard House has huge windows and open rooms. There’s so much space to spread out in and enjoy your day. The area where the house is quiet. Natural light abounds, you have plenty of beautiful spots nearby to photograph in.

I read once that a house isnt a home until it’s had a birth and wedding in it. And one thing I love about estate weddings is that they’re silent witnesses to the joy of so many families. And in old houses especially they’ve seen many many things. It’s one of the things I love most about shooting weddings there- the stories that exist in and about the house. The wedding that I’m photographing that day is just one part of the history.

I’m so glad I could be part of this day.

Venue: Howard House, Dunn, NC

Dress: Maggi Bridal

Grooms attire: brooks brothers

Planning and Style: Dare 2b Different Events.

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When I met Brittany and Jason to talk about Round Peak Vineyard Wedding Photos, I instantly liked them. They like food, I like food, they’re discriminating wine drinkers as am I. I loved how happy they were together, and how real they were. I was actually shooting a wedding in Virginia when they emailed and said they’d love for me to photograph their wedding and no lie, I jumped up and down in a parking lot on the way inside from portraits. I was thrilled.

Vineyards and I go back a long way, to when I was a kid in California and I’d drive around with my family and friends and we’d rush down the freeway past vineyards and orchards with their beautiful long lines flashing by. I loved the fall when the purple and green grapes hung from the vines making them pop a little more as you drove by at 80 MPH on your way to wherever. I love the old twisted vines, I love the way the wind sounds when it blows through the leaves, and the glitter of the tinsel to scare away pests (or just look awesome- I never figured out what they were for) as your drove along hwy 12 through Sonoma and Napa.

So when I drove up to the vineyard to make the Round Peak wedding photos on Brittany and Jason’s day, I felt like had come home to a certain extent. I love that Round Peak set their buildings on a bluff overlooking the vines, and that at your reception you sit on this large covered patio taking the joy of the day as well as a breathtaking view. There’s nothing not to love about the scenes we captured that day. A vineyard is a naturally elegant place. It doesn’t take a lot to be a beautiful location for a wedding. The vines and their lines are beautiful no matter what the weather, and when your ceremony and reception are set among them and near them, there’s honestly very little else you need. It makes for a beautiful organic wedding.

I hope that you enjoy these Round Peak Vineyard Wedding Photos as much as I loved making them.

Cheers!

 

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Venue: Round Peak Vineyard, Mount Airy, NC

Planner: Weddings by the Vine

Band: Empty Pocket

Caterer: Southern Roots

Brides Shoes: Walking on Air, Etsy

Dress: Celebration Bridal

Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal

Photographer: One Crazy Love

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